Sagelands gently destemmed the grapes without crushing to obtain more full berries and then cold soaked for one or two days before fermentation. After aging the lots separately in mostly American oak barrels for 12 months, we blended them together to produce a wine of great expression. This year, the addition of selected Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah enriched the mid-palate and also enhanced the ultimate flavors.
This bright garnet-color Merlot displays a vibrant nose of ripe Bing cherry and mixed berries with notes of violet and cocoa. This delicate and medium-bodied wine shows a great deal of flavors like Bing cherry, vanilla and a splash of blueberry. The palate is very soft and round thanks to fine tannins. The fruit expression lingers on a pleasing finish.